News

Terrific things in store for Peregian Village

Mayor Tony Wellington cuts the ribbon to the the $2 million White's IGA at the Peregian Village Market.
Mayor Tony Wellington cuts the ribbon to the the $2 million White's IGA at the Peregian Village Market. Peter Gardiner

AS A rush of hundreds surged through the new $2-million Whites' IGA supermarket in the just-opened Peregian Village Market, co-owner Roz White's words of welcome may have already set in.

"We may stand here today as the owners of the store, but once those doors open this store becomes a community store," she said on Wednesday around 10.30am.

Ms White had thanked the Peregian community for "welcoming us and embracing us to their wonderful beautiful community".

"We promise to do the very best we can to deliver excellence to you."

She said the IGA had taken 18 months of planning, nine months of building "but amazingly only six and a half weeks of a final phase fit-out".

"The concept of this store began when I literally woke up in the middle of the night and began scribbling down a concept plan, which is the base of the store that we have here today," Ms White said.

She said this was about bringing a "vision to a reality".

"The inspiration of this store has been built with a global view but localised; it is a collection of ideas and exciting new concepts to engage our customers.

"To be progressive you have to think differently and act differently."

The market overall should create 100 local jobs and the Whites, like the developer Tony Scanlon, wanted this to be an economic generator.

Mr Scanlon, who bought the old caravan park site 15 years ago, has gone with local suppliers, local builders and local business while the IGA is all about local fitters, staff and using local produce.

Ms White said: "We always try to keep it local, whether it be it sourcing produce, supporting community initiatives or giving people the opportunity to be a part of our team."

A green feature is the low energy $1-million refrigeration by Advanced Refrigeration Technology at Warana, which designed, built and installed the system.

Mr Scanlon said this was a world-class supermarket and thanked the Whites for "sharing common values" in "this great area".

"I'd also like to thank the Noosa Shire Council for their excellent communication skills during this project," Mr Scanlon said.

He said Peregian local Deputy Frank Wilkie had provided "fantastic support" and paid tribute council's planning manager Kerri Coyle.

"She is absolutely serious about good development and Kerri we appreciate that - we share those same views."

Mr Scanlon said the Peregian Beach Business Association had "got in behind us and seen that we were delivering a good project". Mr Scanlon's next stage on his land will be to realise his boutique resort development called Essence of Peregian Beach.

Noosa residents have not always seen eye to eye with developers, but Mayor Tony Wellington has given credit to the Peregian Village Market's main man Tony Scanlon for helping block a rival supermarket and retail centre.

While congratulating MrScanlon and his team for their investment in Peregian, Cr Wellington told a large opening crowd of the legal challenge the new Noosa Council was facing after a deemed refusal of the centre at the old bowls club.

"The Multi Span development would have split Peregian by creating a new centre 350m away from the village square. Almost one in four Peregian residents lodged a protest.

"It was the application by the Scanlon Property Group for this (PeregianVillage market) development that put the final nail in the coffin," he said.

"The proposal for the development we are here to celebrate received a high number of submissions in favour."

"This development also paved the way for council to purchase the bowls club land, and thus embark on a fruitful collaboration with the community over development of that land," the mayor said.

"I congratulate Tony Scanlon, not only on his vision for the community but also his commitment to keeping jobs and businesses based here."

The centre houses local businesses and is expected to generate up to 100 jobs.


Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Homeless hotel items looking for love

REDECORATE: The Sofitel Noosa Pacific Resort is having a garage sale of old hotel equipment.

WOULD you like to recreate your home to look like a hotel suite?

Illegal campers ejected from bowls club car park

LOCKED OUT: The gates have been fastened with new locks at the old bowls club car park.

Travellers have been moved on from the car park of the bowls club

Does Noosa have a problem?

BE AWARE: Alcohol-fuelled violence can happen anywhere.

New alcohol study targets Noosa

Local Partners

Dingo leads march against killings

Dingoes joined the Global March for Elephants and Rhinos as more than 100 people and a few animals marched through the main street of Eumundi on Sunday.

CQUni makes top 500 universities worldwide

TOP DOG: CQUniversity is leading the way in regional university education.

CQU may have started small but there's no stopping this regional uni

Homeless hotel items looking for love

REDECORATE: The Sofitel Noosa Pacific Resort is having a garage sale of old hotel equipment.

WOULD you like to recreate your home to look like a hotel suite?

Illegal campers ejected from bowls club car park

LOCKED OUT: The gates have been fastened with new locks at the old bowls club car park.

Travellers have been moved on from the car park of the bowls club

Does Noosa have a problem?

BE AWARE: Alcohol-fuelled violence can happen anywhere.

New alcohol study targets Noosa

Learn the new anti-smoking laws or cop the fine

UP IN SMOKE: Noosa Council now has authority to ban smoking in any public area.

Smokers urged to learn new laws about where they can smoke

Thanks, but no thanks

STOP THE SUFFERING: Former volunteers at Sunshine Hospice protest their membership applications being refused.

hospice volunteers denied membership

Future for Cambodian kids shaped by Noosa gifts

The Cambodian school kids could do with some Noosa caring - and your old laptops.

Noosa asked to help poor students

Lady Gaga confirms Super Bowl show

Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga to perform in coveted spot

Eat, drink, dance, be merry. It's your civic duty

PARTY STARTS: Kathryn Willett and Erin Hoey from Rockhampton at the first day of the Caloundra Music Festival yesterday.

It's Day Two of the biggest music event of the year

Girls actors give emotional tributes to hit show

Actor Allison Williams

Actors farewell smash hit HBO show Girls after six seasons

Janet Jackson's pregnancy is 'best thing'

Janet Jackson

Janet Jackson can't wait to become a mum

Jay Z signs two-year movie and TV deal

Rapper Jay Z

Rapper Jay Z has signed a television and movie deal

Nowhere to Hyde: Matt Nable is Australia's man in demand

Matt Nable stars as Detective Gary Hyde in the TV series Hyde & Seek.

NABLE returns to the small screen amidst busy film work.

Beach-side real estate starts at $85k on Fraser Coast

HERVEY BAY REAL ESTATE: You can buy this townhouse in Scarness for under $300k.

Live your beach-living dream locally.

6 top tips for getting approved for a rental property

Follow these top tips to better your chances.

Real estate agent shares what you can do to get approved to rent

$40million hotel, shops development project for Mackay

Mt Pleasant hotel and retirement accommodation, proposed at 194-202 Malcomson St.

$40m development to take Mackay to 'the next level'

Property 200m from ocean selling for just over $100K

BEACHCOMBER PARK: Work has started on a new $19.2 million development at Toogoom.

The estate's developer is offering huge discounts for early buyers.

UPDATE: Former rodeo champ's sale rained out, now back on

Larkhill local Ken Consiglio is having an auction of most of the things on his property.

'People kept showing up and we had to turn them away'

First stages of $25 million housing development underway

New development on Madsen Rd - The Springs.

The blocks of land are much bigger than usual